Months went by and she didn't know what was wrong with her.
“I was in lots of pain, I couldn't pee properly and my periods had stopped," she said. “I'd get full after eating half a meal and my stomach was growing in size even though I wasn't gaining weight anywhere else." Her stomach grew to the point that people were asking her when she was due and offering her seats on public transit.
Despite multiple visits, doctors didn't properly diagnose Katie.
She was given medications for gastroenteritis and urinary tract infections, but since she had neither, they didn't work. Katie continued to be in pain. Then one evening in December 2016, while she lay in bed, she felt her stomach drop. “It was the worst pain I'd ever felt,” she said. “I looked down at my stomach as I lay in bed and felt it looked different somehow, so I dragged myself out of bed and to the mirror. My stomach had been solid and round for months, but looking at it that night, it was like the whole bump had dropped to a resemble a soft fat tummy hanging down."
Desperate, she started Googling her symptoms.
“Googling lead me to a blog about having a girl who had ovarian cyst, and when I suggested that to the doctor, they finally scanned me and found I was right,” she said. She was given an ultrasound and it revealed that she had a cyst that was so big it was covering her ovaries. The cyst was so large that it had pushed some of her internal organs up into her ribcage.
If it wasn't for Katie advocating for herself, who knows what would have happened.
You're always told not to Google your symptoms, but if Katie hadn't done just that, she may not have gone back to her doctors and advocated for herself. It was because she pushed for them to check her further that she finally got an ultrasound. Why didn't they give her one from the beginning if her belly kept growing and she wasn't pregnant?
The great news is that not only was Katie cancer-free after getting the surgery to remove the cyst, she was also able to get pregnant later that same year even though she had an ovary removed. This is the best possible ending to such a horrifying story.